AUBURN, NY (WKBN) – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers concluded a six game road trip in style on Tuesday night. The Scrappers would score five runs in the first inning on their way to a 9-1 win over the Auburn Doubledays. With the win the Scrappers have now won three straight series.
Gabriel Mejia would start the game by tripling to right for the Scrappers. He would still be at third with two outs. Erlin Cerda would then deliver an RBI single to score Mejia. Andrew Calica would then walk to extend the inning for Gavin Collins. Collins promptly doubled to drive in both Cerda and Calica for a 3-0 lead. Emmanuel Tapia followed with an RBI single to score Collins, forcing the Doubledays to go to the bullpen in the first inning. Gian Paul Gonzalez greeted the Auburn reliever with an RBI double to plate Tapia for a 5-0 first inning.
The Doubledays would get their lone run in the bottom of the third inning. David Kerian led off the inning with a solo homerun off of Scrappers starter Triston McKenzie. It was just the second earned run of the season allowed by McKenzie.
In the top of the fifth inning Calica would triple with two outs. A wild pitch would then bring him home for a 6-1 lead.
The Scrappers would add two more runs in the top of the sixth inning. With two outs Alexis Pantoja reached on a two base error. Mejia then followed with an RBI single. Mejia would also score when Silento Sayles followed with an RBI triple to push the Scrappers lead out to 8-1.
Calica would cap the scoring for the Scrappers in the top of the seventh inning. With one out Calica connected on a solo homerun. It was his first professional homerun.
McKenzie (3-2) earned the win in 6.0 innings of work. He allowed just the one earned run on four hits. McKenzie walked two and matched a career high with eight strikeouts. Argenis Angulo would follow with 2.0 innings of perfect relief. He struck out one. Ryan Perez then went the final inning in relief. He did not allow a hit or a run and walked one.
The Scrappers (12-20) now return home to Eastwood Field for a six game home stand starting Thursday night with the Lowell Spinners. Juan Hillman will get the start for the Scrappers with first pitch set for 7:05.
COURTESY: MAHONING VALLEY SCRAPPERS